Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Bangladesh


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), founded in 1945, is one of the largest specialized agencies of the UN. The main goal of FAO procurement is to efficiently support FAO’s mandate of achieving a food-secure world by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity, bettering the lives of rural populations and contributing to the growth of the world economy.  As such, the primary focus of FAO procurement is in the areas of agricultural, forestry and fishery products and machinery, as well as services related to technical studies, construction and information dissemination activities. 

FAO procurement is generally undertaken on the basis of competition and is based on the fundamental principles of Best Value for Money, fairness, transparency, economy and effectiveness.

FAO procures a large variety of goods, works and services to support Organization’s mandate to fight world hunger. The most frequently procured goods include:

  • Basic Chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides)
  • Agricultural produce (seeds, crop, vegetable, seedlings, plantlets)
  • Special purpose machinery (agricultural machinery, tractors, spraying devices, irrigation equipment)
  • Transport equipment
  • Office and IT equipment
  • Medical appliances, precision and optical instruments (laboratory equipment)
  • Veterinary pharmaceutical products and vaccines
  • Grain mill products / starches and starch products (fish food, feed for livestock and poultry)
  • Chemical products, man-made fibres, rubber and plastics
  • Live animals and animal products
  • Fabricated metal products, machinery & equipment (small agricultural implements, hoes, picks, etc.)

Commonly procured services include:

  • Repair and maintenance services
  • Information technology
  • Transportation, storage and materials handling
  • Communications
  • Architecture, engineering, construction and other technical services
  • Trade services, business services, surveys and studies
  • Training
  • Insurance